GMP Offers Grants for Four Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

08 October 2015

First Comprehensive EV Charging Network in Vermont Will help Drivers Reduce Fossil Fuel & Save Money
COLCHESTER, VT… As part of building a comprehensive electric vehicle charging network across the state, Green Mountain Power is offering nearly $50,000 in four separate grants to build four solar-paired electric vehicle charging stations. Applications will be accepted until October 23rd.
“We are so excited to be placing more charging stations where lots of Vermonters will use them, and having the sun power it all,” said Dorothy Schnure, GMP spokesperson. “As Vermont’s Energy Company of the Future, our goal is to help Vermonters save money and reduce fossil fuel use through innovative products and services like these chargers paired with solar, all while continuing to provide highly reliable, clean and cost-effective power.”
People and businesses can apply for the four grants. Grant recipients will be chosen based on how suitable their proposal is for charging stations, including locating in areas with high visibility and the availability of activities, such as shopping, to engage people nearby while they charge and help boost business in downtowns. 
“Installing solar panels along with the EV chargers is a great way to increase renewable generation while customers fill up with clean electricity to run their cars,” Schnure said. “This is part of an exciting energy transformation we are partnering with customers on – where energy is generated and used closer to home.”
Green Mountain Power has committed to build a comprehensive fast charging network across the state, and has already installed 38 charging stations across Vermont, increasing Vermont’s energy independence and contributing to cleaner air and lower carbon emissions. Vermont is the first New England state to be added to NRG EVgo’s national public fast-charging network, and GMP is the first utility in the country to partner to expand the EVgo network. GMP is also working to help its customers lower their energy bills, be more comfortable and reduce their dependence on fossil fuels with its comprehensive energy makeovers through the eHome and eBiz programs.
Applications should be submitted via email to Jenn.Cortez@greenmountainpower.com and should include a description of the project, the location, and other sources of funding to leverage the best projects.   GMP will work with the Clean Energy Development Fund to coordinate these projects.
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About Green Mountain Power:
Green Mountain Power (GMP) serves approximately 265,000 residential and business customers in Vermont and has a vision to be the best small company in America by partnering with Vermonters to improve lives and transform communities. GMP is focused on a new way of doing business to meet the needs of customers with integrated energy services that help people use less energy and save money, while continuing to generate clean, cost-effective and reliable power in Vermont. GMP is the first utility in the world to get a B Corp certification, meeting rigorous social, environmental, accountability and transparency standards and committing to use business as a force for good. In 2014, Vote Solar named GMP a Solar Champion. More information at: www.greenmountainpower.com . Connect with GMP on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @GreenMtnPower.   

 Dorothy Schnure, Green Mountain Power, Office: 802-655-8418, Cell: 802-324-4418